India captain Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI century to set up series decider against Australia

India captain Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI century to set up series decider against Australia

Virat Kohli scored his 39th one-day international century as India claimed a dramatic six-wicket victory over Australia at a sweltering Adelaide Oval on Tuesday to level up the three-match series 1-1.

Kohli contributed of 104 of his side’s runs as they successfully chased down their victory target of 299 for the loss of four wickets to send the series into a decider on Friday at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

MS Dhoni, clearly suffering in the heat, smashed a huge six to bring the scores level and reach his half-century before scoring the winning run with four balls to spare.

“Very pleased,” Kohli said afterwards. “It was a really tough day. MS in the end was tired as well. We need a good day’s rest, a good day’s travel and then we’ll recuperate and get ready for the MCG.”

Shaun Marsh had earlier scored a sparkling 131, his second century in three outings in the format, to drive the hosts to 298 for nine in their 50 overs in the heat of the afternoon when temperatures soared well above 40 degrees Celsius.

Kohli took over under the lights on what remained a muggy evening and scored his century off 108 balls, pumping his first towards the dressing room after taking two runs to square leg to reach the milestone.

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